Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Pinckneyville Couple Loses Home to Fire
PINCKNEYVILLE -- A Perry County family is cleaning up what's left of their home after a flue fire got out of control Monday night. Firefighters spent hours battling the flames, but slick conditions and extreme cold made for a long night.
The Goldman family spent Tuesday in the bitter cold and blistering wind sifting through their charred and frozen belongings.
"I know it didn't take near as long as what it seemed," said Larry Goldman. "When you're watching your house go up, it seems like forever."
Larry and Sherry Goldman had a cozy fire going for a sleepover with their two grandsons when they lost control of a flue fire.
"We was all sitting down to watch tv and the next thing we know, she said there was flames coming out the wall," Larry explained.
Larry says they doused the fire with water and thought it was out, but he quickly realized flames were still burning in the attic so they called the fire department.
"It was fully involved when we got there," said Pinckneyville Fire Chief Jim Gielow.
Crews were called at just after 8 p.m. Monday. It wasn't an easy call for Pinckneyville firefighters. Gielow now has a truck out of service, after subzero temperatures split a valve.
"All the plumbing on our trucks, the valves and stuff were freezing up, we tried to keep the water moving," he explained.
Gielow says poor road conditions also doubled the response time to Red Fox Road, just south of town. His crew spent around five hours fighting the heavy fire in the freezing cold and then returned Tuesday morning to put out remaining hot spots.
"We don't have too many like this and don't want too many like this to be honest with you cause it's rough," Gielow insisted. "It's hard on the guys, and it's hard on the equipment."
"You had to feel sorry for them because there was icicles hanging from their hats and chins, and it was pretty rough," Larry added.
A difficult night for all involved, but especially the Goldmans, who may have lost their home, but haven't lost their positive outlook on life.
"That one will go down and another one will come up. It might be a tent but we'll see," laughed Larry and Sherry. "We'll make it one way or the other, we've made it this long. Good Lord willing, like I say, we'll see what tomorrow brings."
Donations to the Goldmans can be made at First National Bank in Pinckneyville. Please make checks payable to: Larry or Sherry Goldman.
The Pinckneyville Press is also accepting clothing donations for the family. The following items can be dropped off at their office at 111 S. Walnut Street:
Size 40 x 31or 32 jeans
Size 12 shoes
Size 10-12 pants
Size 9 1/2 shoes
Underwear, socks, and other items also are appreciated to help this family.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 87 %